Broccoli 'Purple Sprouting'
Brassica oleracea (Italica Group) 'Early Purple Sprouting'
Also known as
Broccoli, Spruitjies, Spruitkool, Winterblomkool, Winterkool (Afr.)
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Broccoli 'Purple Sprouting' Overview
Brassica oleracea var. italica 'Early Purple Sprouting' is commonly known as purple sprouting broccoli. It produces small flower heads and tender stalks. This is an excellent autumn crop for cold climates that can be used either fresh or frozen. Not only are the flower heads edible but so are the stalks, buds, and leaves.
Common problems with Broccoli 'Purple Sprouting'
This variety is very disease resistant but can be affected by Cabbage White butterfly. Remove any yellowing or fallen leaves and burn them to prevent fungal diseases.
Broccoli 'Purple Sprouting' Companion Plants
Borage, onions, spring onions, leeks, cucumber, celery, dill, rosemary, sage, nasturtium
How to harvest Broccoli 'Purple Sprouting'
Harvest the central head 8-10 weeks after planting out the seedlings when it is fully developed but still compact in late winter to late spring. Cut the heads while they're in a tight bud; Pick once a week in cool weather and twice a week in warm weather to encourage the development of side shoots.
How to propagate Broccoli 'Purple Sprouting'
Sow seeds directly, 10-15 mm deep and 30 cm apart in Summer. Germination takes 7-12 days. Or start seeds indoors and transplant once they are 6-8 cm high, 30 cm apart, in drills of 2.5 cm deep.
Special features of Broccoli 'Purple Sprouting'
Purple Sprouting Broccoli is a heavy feeder and the crops should be rotated more often than once every four years to prevent the risk of club root infestation.
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Edible to Sow Under Cover in May
Successional sow small batches on a sunny windowsill or in a heated propagator, ready to plant out later in the month.
Edibles to Plant Out in June
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